One Superhero Thing: Aquaman Joins The Fight Against Ocean Plastic

One Superhero Thing: Aquaman Joins The Fight Against Ocean Plastic

Jason Momoa, of Game of Thrones and more recently Aquaman fame, has joined the fight against ocean plastic.  And for his true fans, if you wondered why he shaved his beard, it was all for a good cause — to raise awareness about single-use plastic water bottles.  Time to make a change, he says.  His […]

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Georges Bank Should Not Become Exxon’s Bank

Georges Bank Should Not Become Exxon’s Bank

By Senator Edward J. Markey (D- MA) This week, a court ruling forced the Trump Administration to put its plan to massively expand offshore drilling for oil and gas on hold. The Trump Interior Department’s record is one of blatant disregard for the ocean’s living marine resources and the people and coastal economies that depend […]

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One Deep Thing: A Presidential Address From Under The Sea

One Deep Thing: A Presidential Address From Under The Sea

Some leaders will go to the depths to make a point.  And we don’t mean our own President.  The President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, gave a live address on Sunday from a mobile glass dome more than 400 feet beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean.  Why?  He wanted to send a clear message to everyone […]

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The Blue New Deal  

The Blue New Deal  

I just heard from a longtime friend on the Hill that “soon” Congress will introduce a “Blue New Deal” in both chambers with support from the President and all ocean agencies. Congress and the Administration are joining forces to create a strategic, cost-loaded plan that will address ocean science and technology needs nationwide, bringing together federal agencies with their partners in academia, industry, state and local government, and NGOs to work on key common goals.

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Judge Tosses Trump Plan To Drill Offshore In Alaska

Judge Tosses Trump Plan To Drill Offshore In Alaska

A federal judge in Alaska dealt a major blow late Friday to the Trump Administration’s plan to allow drilling for oil and gas in the ocean waters off the North Slope of Alaska and in deep-sea canyons in the Atlantic Ocean.  President Obama used his statutory authority under the law governing ocean oil and gas drilling to “withdraw” these areas from ANY subsequent plan to lease them out, but three months after taking office, President Trump “revoked” the Obama decision. 

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Data Is Not In the Cloud, It’s In the Ocean

Data Is Not In the Cloud, It’s In the Ocean

With more than half the world now able to access the internet, according to the United Nations, there is a growing need undersea cables that literally keep the world connected, The New York Times explains.  Nearly 750,000 miles of cable is strung across the oceans all around the globe, and these cables have to withstand heavy currents, rock slides, earthquakes and interference from fishing trawlers for a lifespan of up to 25 years. 

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